Arya’s Dresser (Complete)

As time approaches to Arya’s due date, I am spending a lot of my free time in the garage trying to get the dresser complete before her arrival.

I begin the next phase by doing my least favorite, but very necessary part of woodworking, the sanding.  Once I had everything sanded and smoothed out, I moved onto the painting stage.  After I masked off the cabinet interior , due to it already having the polyurethane finish, I applied the primer coat to the entire assembly. 

In order to achieve a durable paint finish that was relatively easy to apply, my research led me to select Sherwin William’s ProClassic® Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel as my finish coat.  For the primer, based upon the Sherwin Williams store recommendations, I used Sherwin William’s All Surface Enamel Latex Primer.

With the main body now done, I could move onto the drawers.  I struggled a bit on if I was going to make the drawer bodies myself since I wanted dovetailed, natural wood drawers.  I do not, at the present time, have the ability to re-saw wood, and wanted to have 1/2″ thick drawer sides.  After some research and realizing that I could get the lumber re-sawn for me, once again I headed to my trusty lumber yard, Mason’s Mill and Lumber Co., for some wide boards of German Beech to use for the drawer bodies.  German beech is very similar to maple in terms of its qualities, but is less expensive.  

I did not want to leave the drawer bodies completely unprotected, so for the drawer finish, my research led me to decide on using a clear shellac.  The benefit is that once cured, there are no odors that continue to linger and potentially get into Arya’s clothes.  The other major benefit is that it is non-toxic.  

I got the beech cut down into the components of all the drawers. and then proceeded to put a couple coats of shellac on them prior to final assembly.

I ended up getting a new Porter Cable 12″ Deluxe Dovetail Jig to cut the dovetails for the drawer bodies.  Once setup, I was able to make quick work of cutting the drawer dovetails.

For the drawer slides, I turned to the Blum Tandem plus Blumotion drawer slides.  I love the way these soft close slides work!  For the drawer and door pulls, I wanted something modern, but with hints of a classical touch.  

With all of the hardware, I was finally able to complete the entire dresser.  On the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2013, I got the drawers and door fully installed at the pulls attached.  Apparently, none too soon, because Arya decided to show up a bout 6 days early and was born the next day.  Talk about coming down to the wire?

I must say, I impressed myself with this project.  It turned out better than I could ever imagine and is definitely my best piece I have made to date.  The changing table on the top is removable so it can be used without it when Arya get’s older.

I hope Arya enjoys it as much as I did making it!